105 And Rising: Poetry Reading by Ron Romanowski

Posted April 18th, 2024

Date: Saturday, May 4

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Henderson Branch Library – 1050 Henderson Highway at McLeod Avenue (easy bus access and free parking)

Admission is Free

Poet Ron Romanowski commemorates the 105th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike with a reading of his new and selected poetry.

Ron’s poetry collections, Insurrection (2009) and If 30,000 Strikers Marched Today (2019) were local best-sellers. They commemorated the 90th and 100th anniversaries of the Winnipeg General Strike respectively.

Last year Ron’s book-length collection Heart Blooms from the Gardener Poet highlighted an environmentalist theme and is available at McNally-Robinson Booksellers.

Ron was the Labour representative at the Manitoba Museum’s 2019 innovative commemoration of the centennial of the 1919 Strike which featured live music, dance, and poetry in the museum’s Urban Gallery.

Ron was a Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ union activist in his Labour life.

He has studied History at the University of Winnipeg; Labour Studies at the University of Manitoba; Creative Writing at Toronto’s Humber College and attended many writing workshops and symposia with some of Canada’s best poets, playwrights, spoken word artists, and fiction writers.

Recently Ron won the first-place poetry prize in two Manitoban writing contests: the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group and the Gimli Icelandic Festival.

His poetry has been featured in the annual Winnipeg Free Press April is Poetry Month feature and has been published in dozens of literary journals, magazines, newspapers (and even in a calendar for a charity).

The Winnipeg Public Library currently holds four of Ron’s nine books in its collection.

Ron’s new book 27 Dancers Working Off Broadway Canada will be published in 2025 by Augustine Hand Press. Labour, politics, and the arts are its themes.